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Hello Colleen! I believe I may have just the guest(s) for you!

My name is Kris Haley and I am the Manager of Multifaith Outreach for Best Friends Animal Society. Last year, Best Friends facilitated a gathering of over 30 faith leaders from more than 20 faith traditions (and 3 countries) which resulted in the creation of, "A Religious Proclamation for Animal Compassion" (which can be viewed at:

We are now embarking on the second phase of our program during which dedicated volunteers and faith leaders from all over the country will be bringing the message of the Proclamation...kindness and compassion for animals... to faith (and other) organizations from coast to coast.

This is a mission of the soul. As people of faith continue to look to their faith leaders for 'spiritual permission' to acknowledge their animal companions as spiritual beings, we hope to work toward closing that circle to the end that compassion and kindness toward animals is viewed as a core spiritual value.

I would love the opportunity to further discuss this amazing work with you. Any number of the very diverse, 30 proclamation co-authors might be a good fit for your program, as might the leaders of our organization who had the vision and commitment to facilitate their efforts.

I would be delighted to continue the discussion!

Warm regards, Kris